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Friday, November 07, 2014

Definitions for gapeseed

  1. British Dialect. a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed.
  2. British Dialect. a daydream or reverie.
  3. British Dialect. an idealistic, impossible, or unreal plan or goal.

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Citations for gapeseed
I'm retired: sort of a gapeseed, a daydreamer, you know. D. Keith Mano, Take Five, 1982
The first time Jessalyn attended a racing meet, Gram had accused her of behaving like a gapeseed, staring open-mouthed at every sight. Penelope Williamson, Once in a Blue Moon, 1993
Origin of gapeseed
1590-1600
Gapeseed is formed from the verb gape meaning "to open the mouth wide." It entered English in the late 1500s.